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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 04, 1911, Image 11

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The whereabouts of Frank M.
Ryan, president of the Interna
tional Association of Bridge and
Structural Iron Workers, is caus
ing much speculation.
Nothing has been heard of
Ryan since he left the meeting of
the American Federation- of La-
tor at Atlanta., He was expected
in IndianapolisSaturdaybut no
one has heard of him since.
A dissolution meeting of the
McNamara ways and means corn
committee of the American .Fed
eration of Labor will be held in
Washington Wednesday.
"THE SITUATION AT LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles, Dec. 4. From
out the tangled mass, of facts and
falsifications 'resulting from the
McNamara confession, on idea is
crystalizing today. This is that
the elements of conservation
throughout the city calmly and
deliberately traded two lives for
the iprivelege of continuing their
control of Los Angeles, deliber
ately consented to allow Jim and
John McNamara to live rather
than take a chance on turning the
city -over to the radical forces
"which prior to last Friday seemed
certain to sweep Job Harriman,
Socialist, into the mayor's chair.
Reluctantly, sorrowfull)r, those
Utopians who" had pinned faith in
the state of Lincoln Steffens, the
writer, that Big Business in Los
Angeles has been converted to an
acceptance Qf the golden rule, are
being forced to admit that the
business interests were convinc
ed, not converted convinced
that they had to sacrifice some
thing to prevent Harriman's elec
tion. The thing they sacrificed
was their virtual certainty or be
ing able 'to send both of , the Mc
Namara brothers to 'the gallows.
But with this light on the situ
ation precipitated4aSt'Friday, the
veil is drawn more closers &b'rat',
the future. Whether the prose
cutions of the dynamiters are to
be carried -further here, and
whether the chaos of the local
situation is to be intensified by
the pushing of the.jury tempering
charges cannot be stated defin
itely until 'after tomorrow's elec-'
tion.
If Harriman should win, the
struggle, will probably be
brought to a sudden stop. Should
Alexander be elected, the wind
up of the situation may be equal
ly swift, though the motives for
the action will be different
In event of Alexander's elec
tion the-determining of force will
be whether business interests ,
whether they prefer restoration
of business, peace or a"finish fight.
The inside situation which led "
up to Friday's startling 'climax
was revealed for the first time to-
day.
Simultaneously-with the col
lapse of the defense two weeks
ago on the discovery that the
state had absolutely completed
its case against Jim McNamara,
came the belief of the business in
terests back of the prosecution,
that Harriman's election -was a
dangerous probability Both
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